The world premiere of The CW’s Black Lightning is a mere month and a half away, but today you can check out a new batch of images advertising the show’s debut. The images show the series’ main players in situations ranging from charming to outright dire. There’s also a pretty darn good picture of Black Lightning in his electricity-themed suit.
Black Lightning focuses on retired superhero Jefferson Pierce’s reemergence as the titular hero. First debuting in Black Lightning #1, the character was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden in 1977. Black Lightning can fire electric bolts from his hands and create a protective forcefield at will. At first, he was described as having no superpowers, but this was later retconned so that his powers were derived from the Metagene.
In the series, Jefferson is a high school principal with two daughters who is grappling with his crimefighting past. Jefferson stepped away from the superhero lifestyle because of what it did to his family, but now a new threat has taken hold in his neighborhood, prompting him to once again don his superpowered persona.
Debuting Tuesday, Jan. 16, Black Lightning is a production of Berlanti Productions developed by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil that stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce, James Remar as Peter Gambi, Damon Gupton as Henderson, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale and Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi.
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